Stranger Than Fiction | Collective Arts Brewing

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Collective Arts Brewing
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Sammy on 07-01-2015

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tap @ Small Bar, Bristol - Pours jet black with a medium tanned foamy head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma - Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, roasted malts, dark fruit notes. Aroma - Sweet, smooth roasted coffee, dark chocolate notes, roasted malty middle, medium dry bitter finish. Well balanced between sweet n bitter porter.

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Photo of Fubudu187
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hophugger
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Noelito76
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hanuswalrus
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 12/18/17. Drinked 6/7/18. Given to me by one of their reps.
Pours brown like cola and generates a khaki, light tan head. Bubbles are kinda big and head sticks around a bit and settles into a nice cap. Looks almost black in the glass with ruby edges.
Smell is mostly roasted malt with some coffee and toffee. Some bitter bakers chocolate in there, too. Smells really good.
Flavor is similar to the smell. All the roast, coffee, toffee and chocolate notes are following. Finish is just right for the style in my opinion. Dry, slightly bitter from the roasted malt and smooth. Really liking it.
Overall, one of the better Porters I've had in recent memory. Founders Porter is my favorite easy-to-find Porter, and this one is not far below it.

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Photo of DBosco
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Larryfunnell
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a lighter beer than I expected, with heavy notes of chocolate. A lower IBU than I have typically been drinking makes it a lighter tasting beer. Overall quite pleasant, and something I would not hesitate to share with others.

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Photo of janubio
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black colour, big head with long retention, good lace.
Aroma of chocolate, licorice, coffee, dark fruits.
Medium body, thick texture, good carbonation. Dry finish.
Taste of dried fruits, licorice, chocolate, pepper.

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Photo of eberesford
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown almost black with a moderate tan coloured head that disperses a little too quickly. Aroma: caramel, dark chocolate. Flavour adds toast. Dense and filling

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Photo of sasamarinkovic89
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 16oz can, purchased in local store. Pours dark black with the rich brownish head. Roasted malt flavor with hints of chocolate. Rich flavor, with little sweetness at the end. Label design is on whole new level, great job.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Packaged, something indecipherable on the bottom of the can.

Thick rich and forming cascading doubling over head. Of tan in color, almost khaki but tinges darker. Fistfull with big swiss cheese appearances and a thick foamy cap. Aggressive and in control, under a tight dark nearly black body, a touch of red under the lip of the head with some suprising clarity. Excellent looking porter.

Creamy sensing aromas, touches light vanilla and classic crackling roast. Faint touch of estery fruit almost strawberry, but the malts dominate as they should and nicely. Simple, not too large and pretty straight forward. Solid nose.

Palate kind of sticks to ordinary. A bit of wet mouthfeel doesn't help, as first initial flavors are kind of absent. Finishes with a bit of light but paper malt flavors, there's a very strong but light textured black licorice on this which is very impressive if it weren't so much for the lacking body. Candy store licorice even coats and lingers.

An unfortunate porter with a unique flavor that isn't getting it's right justice.

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Photo of teromous
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottom of the can: "PKG 18DEC17 07:56"

Appearance: The beer has a black body and a surprisingly large light khaki head. The head has good retention and the beer overall just looks great in a glass. The head formation on this beer is especially noteworthy.

Aroma: Right of the bat the beer has this lovely coffee aroma. There is a nice chocolate scent that follows shortly. In the background there is just a touch of what smells like burnt wood. The aroma on this Porter is perfect.

Taste: Up front there is this toasted caramel and carbon flavor. There is this slightly tangy finish and it trails off with more of that clean carbon flavor. It tastes a lot more like a Dry Irish Stout than a porter, or even a much lighter version of a Baltic Porter. Categories aside, the beer is superbly made.

Mouthfeel: The beer is light, crisp, and finishes dry with a light burnt bitterness.

Overall: This is a pretty odd beer to categorize. It doesn't really taste like an English Porter (as listed on this website) but then again the can only claims "Porter." It seems to trend closer to either a lighter version of a Baltic Porter, or (much closer) to a Dry Irish Stout. In the end one could argue over whether this beer fits a specific style or whether it is good or not. It is definitely a great beer, and in the end that is all that really matters. It really nails that burnt charcoal character without getting too bitter or obnoxious. It is that lovely beer that you just sit there and truly enjoy drinking for extended periods of time. There are some fantastic brews being made in Canada and I'll be looking closer at this brewery in the future. I highly recommend it to those who enjoy the wide gamut of stouts and porters. I would drink it again.

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Photo of ZachT
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Perry_W
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely fabulous brew. One of my all time favourite workhorses. I could just drink this all day

When I shut I my eyes and picture the perfect stout (yeah yeah I know it's a 'porter') this is what I imagine. Beautiful medium mouthfeel...roasted coffee on the nose...delicious malt flavours....totally mouth watering

What else can I say? Of course there are other beers with more....more prominent flavours...more whacky bouquets.....but this is a perfect all around ENJOYABLE beer

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Photo of srw
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored head that lasted an average amount of time. No real lacing to speak of.

S: An underwhelming aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, hops, and molasses.

T: Tasted of a tinge of hops (in the finish), lots of roasted malt (noticeable throughout), a bit of chocolate (not enough), some coffee (again, not enough), caramel, and light molasses. The problem with the flavor is that it's far too underpowered. None of the ingredients are well-represented.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A disappointing beer on some levels. It's not bad, but could have been better.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AMCPhD
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulytasker
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a deep, ruby tinge when held to the light. Topped with 2 fingers of fluffy, beige head.

Smells of chocolate, toasted malts, slightly smoky, but mostly chocolatey.

Tastes of chocolate, liquorice, burnt rubber, tar, tobacco, and a hint of smoke.

Medium to light body with moderate, foamy carbonation.

Reminds me of the real deal porter, a lot like Fuller's version in my memory of it. Got at LCBO, drinking by Lake Muskoka, Feb 28th, 2018.

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Stranger Than Fiction from Collective Arts Brewing
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